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entered the arena. chuck hagel, the purple heart recipient from the vietnam war, the former senator, nominated to be secretary of defense. his former colleagues met him with a fuselage of critical questions today, and abc's chief washington correspondent jonathan karl tells us about the fiery day. >> reporter: he's a vietnam veteran and former republican senator, but today chick hagel found himself and his judgment under attack by a fellow republican and vietnam vet. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be -- >> the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since -- >> since vietnam. were you correct or incorrect? >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer on a lot of things today. >> well, let the record show that you refused to answer that question. >> reporter: hagel eventually did answer, standing by his words on the iraq war, and revealing something about the kind of defense secretary he hopes to be. >> i saw the consequences and the suffering and the horror of war. so -- i did question a surge. this going to be worth the sa
clinton is out. john kerry is in as secretary of state. chuck hagel, a republican who would garner bipartisan support you would think is under fire. senator john kerry takes the oat asset of state replacing hillary clinton who heads off to retirement with a question lingering: will she run for president? >> i am going to get back to my life. this is going to be new for me. why go how i will react. >> senator john kerry takes over the state department after cruising to confirmation from the senate, president obama's choice to run the pentagon is a different story. on thursday, former republican senator hagel, a vietnam verb took fire from members of his own party for his opposition to the 2007 troop surge in iraq. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam? were you correct or incorrect? >> i am not going for give you a yes-or-no answer --. >> refuse to answer that? >> he was hammered by g.o.p. senators who believe he is soft on iran and too tough on israel and grilled about referring
expressway at tully. former nebraska senator hagel has secured the necessary votes to become the next defense secretary. hagel won the last needed vote yesterday with alabama senator shelby. a vote on highly contested battle is expected next week, 15 g.o.p. senators have urged president obama in a letter to withdraw hagel's nomination saying he lacked bipartisan support and the confidence to do the job. >> president obama is welcoming japan's new prime minister to the white house today, arriving in washington, yesterday, and he is the 5th prime minister of japan since president obama took office. they will meet in the oval office. there is a japan and china territorial dispute and north korean nuclear test. he is a keen advocate of stronger relations with washington, dc, that remain key to u.s. policy in asia. >> ahead, flu vaccines, who gets the best and the least protection from the flu shot. >> after 6:00, the commuter warning bart is send dog any passengers planning a late night trip in or out of san francisco. >> the friday before the oscars and what would they be without the rivers? and
is scheduled to vote in two hours on whether to confirm chuck hagel as secretary of the defense. the foam republican senator is on track to win confirmation after a long political fight. g.o.p. lawmakers signaled monday that they would not hold up a vote. a final check on the accweather forecast, mike, it is nice. >> very pleasant if you like spring weather. this is the way downtown san francisco looks this morning. you can see the sun coming up and creating shadows but as we head to the afternoon hours, this is the way it will look. total sunshine. temperatures are running in the low-to-mid 60's in the bay and sunshine at the coast and breezy, you may need a jacket with brisk temperatures in the mid-to-upper 50's. >> here is the bay bridge, the metering lights are on and track is backing to the macarthur maze and back to the nasty nimitz we had a couple of early accidents, northbound at oak, that is cleared and traffic is recovering and it is very, very slow from about high street moving to the northbound direction and, southbound, the motorcycle accident clear, as well, and traffic is j
month. the senate is scheduled to vote today on whether to confirm chuck hagel as head of the defense department. the former republican senator is on track to win confirmation after a long political fight. g.o.p. lawmakerers signaled they would not hold up a vote if he is confirmed he would succeed panetta and take office just before budget cuts hit the pentagon. a new snowstorm is crossing the midsection creating havoc for resolution dens still digging out from last week's blizzard bringing heavy snow to kansas and missouri this morning. you can see in the live pictures how much snow is on the ground. they will have a tough job ahead of them. also, we have hurricane-force winds and these are conditions in kansas, and this is wichita. not many cars. a traffic nightmare on the roads, and so many drivers are strapped the national guard was called in. in albuquerque interstate 40 was shut down and truck drivers had to wait it out. >> it costs money to sit still or to run it much like this, empty. hopefully it is cleared. >> the winds were so strong in north texas it peeled bricks from th
hagel as defense secretary. republican opponents say the vote should go forward unless more damaging material surfaces this week. the earliest that the nomination could go before the senate is a week from today. >>> and there's also plenty of political posturing over the issue of immigration reform. republicans and democrats are predicting president obama would fail if he pushes forward with his own effort to overhaul the system. under that white house plan, green card in eight years. top republican lawmakers don't like that. >> by giving advantage to those who cut in front of the line for immigrants who came here legally, not dealing with border security adequately, that tells us that he's looking for a partisan advantage. >> i hope that republicans and democrats up there don't get involved in some kind of typical washington back and forth sideshow here. and rather just roll up their sleeves and get to work. >> the white house says the president would push his own plan only if lawmakers cannot get the job done. the white house has been working for quite a while on an immigration pla
? >>> a showdown in the senate today over chuck hagel's nomination as the defense secretary. democrats are going to force a vote on the nomination, rejecting demands for more information on hagel's finances. hagel got an important vote of confidence when john mccain said he was leaning towards confirmation. >>> that carnival cruise ship that's stranded in the gulf of mexico is being pulled to mobile, alabama instead of mexico. it's been dead in the water since sunday when a fire knocked out its engines. it's scheduled to arrive in the u.s. on thursday. there are more than 4,200 people on that ship. passengers and loved ones say it's not a good scene on board. >> there's no lights. no water. we can't flush. some people were able to shower. no one was injured. most of us are camping out on the top deck. >> they're all crying and hysterical. they want to go home. >> abc news learned this is the third trip in which the "triumph" has suffered propulsion problems. the ship's next two voyages have been canceled and passengers will receive a full refund. >> interesting note here. apparently it's been to
are going to get messy. so miles to go on that issue. >>> a vote for chuck hagel's nomination as secretary of defense has been postponed. republicans are demanding to know more about the former senator's finances. hagel still has the backing of all the democrats in the senate. the vote was set for today and is postponed until at least next week. >>> now to an eye-opening medical headline this morning and a health care burden for the u.s. neurologists predict the number of alzheimer's patients is expected to triple by the year 2050. that's when as many as 14 million patients may need care for the memory-robbing disease. the startling projection follows a study of patient records, as well as census numbers. >>> and doctors are warning parents about a threatening strain of whooping cough. "the new england journal of medicine" reports it's caused by a vaccine resistant germ. the illnesses were first reported overseas. it's now hitting the u.s. and it's the worst outbreak of its kind in 60 years. >>> and now to what will be the story of the weekend. a powerful blizzard is zeroing in on the nort
. democratic leaders are expected to force a vote on the nomination of chuck hagel tomorrow. some republicans say they'll vote no unless the white house provides more information about the benghazi attack. however, hagel is expected to get the 60 votes needed for approval. >>> also president obama answers questions in a google-powered fireside hangout this afternoon, two days after he delivered the big state of the union address. it will be streamed live starting at 4:50 eastern time. >>> an ailing pope benedict celebrated his last public mass presiding over ash wednesday services at st. peters basilica. the pope was visibly moved by the thunderous applause and in his final homily, the pope warned about internal church rivalries and thanked the faithful for their support. >>> millions of christians marked the beginning of lent by getting ashes on the foreheads in observance of ash wednesday. >> and an episcopal church in western new york made it extra convenient for those with a busy schedule. drive-through ashes. yeah, you heard me right. it's actually part of a trend that started in st. lou
. >>> chuck hagel may be confirmed today as secretary of defense, but his predecessor, leon panetta, will not be on capitol hill for the vote. anxious to retire, panetta will watch hagel's proceedings on tv from the comfort of his own home in california. >>> the senate finance committee is expected to approve the nomination of jack lew as secretary of the treasury. a confirmation vote from the full senate expected tomorrow. he replaces timothy geithner. >>> the nation's most famous surgeon general has passed away. c. everett koop was appointed by president reagan in 1981 and instrumental in changing america's views on smoking, trying to get the country to kick the habit by the year 2000. he also endorsed condoms and sex education in an effort to stop the spread of aids. he died at his home in new hampshire. dr. koop was 96 years old. >>> pope benedict has just days left as the leader of the roman catholic church and their scandal as a transition begins towards a new pope. abc's david wright reports from the vatican. >> reporter: britain's cardinal keith o'brian will not attend the c
our nation's capital tonight. >>> chuck hagel could be approved as defense secretary by the end of the week. the armed services committee voted to send the nomination to the senate. republicans had threatened to block his nomination, but it appears there are enough votes to approve it. >>> we're learning more now about what retirement will be like for pope benedict. the soon-to-be retiree will live in a monastery and will likely give up his beloved theological writing because of his frail health. a spokesman revealed benedict has a pacemaker and recently underwent surgery. >> over the past few years, he's certainly slowed down a bit. you can tell he had trouble negotiating steps. he started using the cane several months ago. not huge things. but a number of smaller ones, which take their toll. >> and still left for the vatican to decide is what exactly the ex-pope will be called. we haven't had an ex-pope in six centuries. >> we have no idea what to do with him. we don't know where to put him. >> it's rare territory for the catholic church. >>> moving on to your wednesday weathe
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